Do All Cookbooks Need Photos?

Earlier this morning food writer and NY Times columnist Melissa Clark tweeted this:

Now as a photographer and someone who gets paid to photograph recipes and cookbooks you might think that my answer is a solid YES. But it’s not. I believe that great writing like Melissa’s can be enough, photos don’t always have to support a recipe. When they work together it’s magic, and sometimes a photograph can help a written recipe for a myriad of reasons (maybe it’s complicated, an unknown method, foreign title, etc.)  So now I’m curious and would love to know what you think!



  1. Patrick Del Rosario says

    For me I think No, not all cook books need photos, because if the writer expressed her experiences clearly on the book, the consumer would buy that book.


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